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Gainward's GeForce GTX 295 Reviewed - Power Consumption Tests

We're sure it's fast, but is it fast enough? - We look at the new GTX 295 from Gainward and see if it can take top honors.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 8, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Gainward

Power Consumption Tests

 

 

Using our new PROVA Power Analyzer WM-01 or "Power Thingy" as it has become quickly known as to our readers, we are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into AC wall socket).

 

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

 

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many cooling fans.

 

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.

 

Gainward's GeForce GTX 295 Reviewed

 

It was interesting to see that the power at load was a bit under the HD 4870 X2 and significantly lower at idle with it performing at the same level as the HD 4870 and GTX 280; these both being single GPU cards.

 

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